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Ford Freestar Transmission Problems



  • nadinebnadineb Posts: 190
    edited June 2010
    Where are the Ford engineers, and why can't or why won't they solve these issues?

    I do not understand why or how this company can put so many at such a high risk of being severely injured or killed.

    Ford is my BP (British Petroleum)!

    Maybe our government only takes on foreign companies?
  • jdsskijdsski Posts: 1
    Great family trip comes to an end unhappily as we drove up an incline in our 2004 Ford Freestar. Go to pass a truck, press on the gas.......tachometer revs up but car is actually coasting (at least that's what it feels like).

    Since we are going up a good incline, I use whatever momentum I have to pull over. Barely make it over to the side but the driver's side door is precariously close to the roadway.

    After several near misses with passing traffic, I try everything.....reverse, drive, neutral.....nothing. Care doesn't even appear to come out of park, won't roll back down the hill (at least one good thing).

    Highway motorcycle patrol arrives. tells me I can't be there and a "wrecker" is on the way. get towed. it's late on a Sunday so no shop is open, vehicle has to be stored.

    I called the guy at the transmission place and once I describe the vehicle (make,model,year), he chuckles and says, I can almost guarantee you I already know the problem. Yup, he's seen this many times before. and now that I've looked on the internet, I see it too! I tell the guy I hope it's something else (like maybe a linkage). He says don't count on it.

    well, it's the transmission. rebuild or new (I just have to get this vehicle back home from 450 miles away). Family is unhappy with Ford. I AM UNHAPPY WITH FORD.

    I have owned Fords since my 1995 Windstar. I service all my cars religiously at the dealer. The Windstar was simply sold because repair costs (flagged as concerns by the shop) kept increasing and I was told, it's just an "old car." So I go buy two more Fords. This Freestar and the transmission failure is the last straw. The shop had the vehicle 2 weeks before the failure and after its "report card" gave it a clean bill and blessed us on our trip. I've never had a vehicle of any kind leave us on the side of the road like this, that's why I keep them properly serviced. I have my records too.

    I'm done with Ford. the car will be repaired but I am going to see if I can trade it in and get back at least what I've dumped into a rebuilt transmission. 76k and the transmission fails despite 2 weeks prior the dealer said the car was ok, ridiculous.
  • misty10misty10 Posts: 23
    We had a Windstar too and nothing ever went wrong with it. So we bought the 2004 Freestar in 2006. It's not the transmission...but the torque converter. It went on us twice now. The first time was when we were at 79,000 and now again a couple a months ago at 130,000. Something really needs to get done about this. I just find it hard to believe no one can help us.
  • shocked1shocked1 Posts: 85
  • I have an idea: let everyone that has posted on this forum that has experienced transmission problems inundate Ford Motor Co by phone and letter as well as NHTSA and Center for Auto Safety not once but daily and let's see if we can get something going. I am 73 years old and I fear that my tranny will go out a second time. I would get rid of my van but I can't afford to.
    Let me hear from all of you!!!!
  • Why the lack of press on Ford? Because Ford is suppose to be the golden child on how an American auto company can turn around. Press don't want to ruin their image. Afterall, we need to buy American...oh..I mean Canadian.
  • I'd be interested to do a poll to see how many of the folks who have had multiple torque converter failures have gotten their vans fixed at the Ford dealer vs. independent shops. My independent shop did everything but totally assure me that my converter shouldn't fail again because he uses a "heavy duty" torque converter and that the folks who have had re-failures have those re-failures because they're getting the same faulty part from Ford. So here's my question to everyone: of those of you who have had more than one failure, where did you get it fixed? I'm hoping what my transmission guy told me is true.
  • bbb_bbbbbb_bbb Posts: 7
    I didn't use Ford. I went to a transmission shop in town. They use the heavy duty too. I wouldn't go to Ford because I thought they would replace it with the same type and didn't want the problem again.
  • Did you have a re-failure? You didn't really mention. Or is this your first?
  • misty10misty10 Posts: 23
    Yes, mine was a re-failure. Ours first went at 79,900 miles. The replacement by Ford lasted 50,000 miles and it just went again about two months ago. My husband is a heavy equip diesel mechanic and we fixed it ourselves this time. We did use another Ford torque converter so we'll see how long it'll last.
  • nadinebnadineb Posts: 190
    Funny, but oh so.........true! You need a sense of humor to get through this. Happy Fourth!
  • annamariaannamaria Posts: 1
    I have a 2005 Ford Freestar with about 103,000 miles on it. Just dropped off the kids and was driving on I-4 about 45-50 mph when the van hesitated. I was just moving into the fast lane when I pushed down on the gas pedal and nothing! I had no acceleration at all! I quickly looked into my rearview mirror as cars were rushing around me...I pushed on my emergency lights and tried to coast off of the interstate and down a ramp and then ended up in the middle of an intersection where some nice people pushed me into a parking lot! Very scary. Now Ford tells me it is my torque convertor and will run about $2200 or more. This is my 2nd Ford van and it will be my last!!!
  • lmk7lmk7 Posts: 2
    For those interested, I'm complaint # 10283719 at NHTSA. I would encourage anyone driving a Ford Freestar 2005 with a transmission problem to file a complaint with NHTSA. My 2005 Freestar's trany died at 133,000 km ((82,460 miles) without warning in my driveway. I was lucky as many of the complaints I've read (either on the NHSTA website or at recount stories of people suddenly without power on busy highways or expressways.

    Now I'm taking Ford Canada to Small Claims Court here in Montreal, Canada; my court date is July 14, 2010. I'm looking for a current or ex-Ford mechanic who'd be willing to testify on my behalf. I found a current Ford mechanic at, however he won't testify for fear of losing his job. And when I asked the dealership where I bought the car for the name and telephone number of its ex-Service manager, I got nowhere.

    I'd also like to hear from people who have taken Ford court in the USA or Canada. Their experiences may be very helpful in case.

    I can be reached at
  • bbb_bbbbbb_bbb Posts: 7
    This was is the first. My van had only 57,689 miles on it. I hope this is the last problem I have with it.
  • capiniaccapiniac Posts: 1
    Already filed my NHTSA complaint for the Freestar with 71,000 miles. I am looking for advice on how to narrow the problem between Torque Converter and Tranny. Took it to the Ford dealer and he says tranny (without disassembly) and $4500. I don't know whether he measured pump pressure or what but I don't trust them because they let their mechanics up sell the customer. The car generates no codes at all but like every one else just dropped power to the wheels and hasn't moved on its own since.
  • lstlst Posts: 2
    We experienced the same problem in Feb 2010, the car would not go forward. We had it towed to the Ford dealer and they installed a new converter. Because the car was beyond warrenty it cost $1500. Now it has happened again yesterday, it is back at the Ford dealer and waiting to hear what the problem is this time.
  • lstlst Posts: 2
    I had my Freestar towed to the Ford Dealer on Wednesday because it wouldn't go in reverse. I just found out that the PMC needs to be replaced for $925. I had the torque converter replaced in February for $1500, when the car wouldn't go forward. I'm told that once the PMC is replaced that there is an 85% chance that my reverse problem will be solved. I only have 68,000 miles on the car!!
  • gabe9gabe9 Posts: 4
    How did you solve your problem?The same thing happend to me yesterday but i took the car to a local shop and now i'm waiting on a diagnostic!
  • nadinebnadineb Posts: 190
    I just learned from the Center for Autosafety that there's been another class action suit filed in the District Court of Maryland.

    How many class action lawsuits can be filed at one time?

    There is something wrong with this whole thing. Where is our justice system?
  • bbb_bbbbbb_bbb Posts: 7
    My transmission ended up costing me 1966.27. Once they got into it other parts were worn so I ended up having the transmission rebuilt. Mine wouldn't go into any gear. I hope you don't end up with the same problem. I parked mine in the driveway on a Monday night and got in it Tuesday morning and it would move.
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